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Gonzalez, Joseph J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Hoping to increase student engagement, the author decided to re-envision his course on contemporary global issues in a "flipped" format. The results proved encouraging--to a degree. Over the course of five semesters, applying lessons gleaned from the literature, students learned how to read challenging texts outside of class and…
Descriptors: Homework, Reading Assignments, Interviews, Teaching Methods
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Chan, Isaac; Leung, Vincent; Yan, Kendall; Kwong, Theresa; Lau, Peter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Student-generated materials offer high engagement, connectedness, and satisfaction in learning. In this project, the students merged the concepts and cases learned in class with the experiences of business professionals to create scenarios that can convey the concepts of Business Ethics (BE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to secondary…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Ethical Instruction, Business Education, Social Responsibility
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Ulrich, Deborah L.; Brewer, Tracy; Steele-Johnson, Deborah; Juvina, Ion; Peyton, Elizabeth; Hammond, Crystal – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
We examined the effects of team-based learning (TBL) versus traditional and enhanced lecture-based instruction over time (Study 1; N = 532 nursing students) and the psychometric properties of the Team Based Learning Student Assessment Instrument (TBL-SAI), a popular measure of reactions to TBL (Study 2; N = 323 nursing and medical students).…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Lecture Method, Conventional Instruction
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Chittum, Jessica R.; McConnell, Kathryne Drezek; Sible, Jill – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Teaching large classes is increasingly common; thus, demand for effective large-class pedagogy is rising. One method, titled "SCALE-UP" (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs), is intended for large classes and involves collaborative, active learning in a technology-rich and student-centered environment.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student Motivation, Undergraduate Students, Student Centered Learning
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Krain, Matthew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This study revisits case learning's effects on student engagement and assesses student learning as a result of the use of case studies and problem-based learning. The author replicates a previous study that used indirect assessment techniques to get at case learning's impact, and then extends the analysis using a pre- and post-test experimental…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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DeWall, Nichole – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
With the advent of online synopses, e-guides, and Internet study aids, millennial college students have many ways to evade direct interactions with the texts assigned in humanities classes. As a result, fewer and fewer of them are developing the analytical and close reading skills that college instructors value so highly. In this essay, the author…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Memorization, College Students, Critical Reading
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Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author argues that deliberation is an innovative method for teaching communication skills, particularly group communication, in the undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. A case study using a deliberation activity on global climate change in an introductory biology course demonstrates how deliberative…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Introductory Courses, STEM Education
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Smart, Karl L.; Berry, Robert; Kumar, Anil; Kumar, Poonam; Scott, James P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Increased accountability in education has brought renewed emphasis on the assurance of learning, making certain that students meet specified learning objectives. Additional research has focused on ways individuals learn. Building upon research on learning styles, active learning, and team-based learning (TBL), this study assesses the impact of TBL…
Descriptors: Preferences, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, Accountability
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Savin-Baden, Maggi – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The author argues that there is still too much teaching to the test, and the consequence is growing "constellations" of problem-based learning (PBL), some of which are useful, and some of which are not. Today, what passes for PBL practice often seems more like guidelines than any kind of reasoned pedagogy. While at one level the range of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Knowledge Level
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Gonzalez, Joseph J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
The author chronicles his experiments with inquiry-based learning (IBL) as he applied lessons from the literature and assessed the results. He describes a difficult journey with the result that, with the help of the literature, supportive colleagues and patient, creative students, he learned how to design courses that invite undergraduates to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, College Instruction, History Instruction
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Bowman, Margo; Frame, Debra L.; Kennette, Lynne N. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
Pedagogical considerations should be guided by empirical, brain-based research on the human information processing system. People build and organize knowledge into a network-like system that connects related information. As learning occurs, learners expand the network to accommodate new information. Instructional strategies can be used to maximize…
Descriptors: Brain, Research, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Processes
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Perrotta, Katherine Assante; Bohan, Chara Haeussler – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
Many instructors seek to improve student engagement, but determining how to achieve student engagement can be complex and complicated. The authors sought to explore how the implementation of active-learning strategies in undergraduate history courses at a metropolitan community college using graphic organizers and group discussion impacted student…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Learner Engagement, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
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Feden, P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
Despite years of research on effective teaching suggesting that learners must engage actively in the process and that teachers should vary their instructional strategies, direct instruction using lecture continues to dominate in America's college classrooms. The author reviews selected studies focusing on effective instructional practices and…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Educational Research, Instructional Effectiveness, Cognitive Science
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Kenney, J. L.; Banerjee, P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
Research shows that active student participation facilitates learning. However, encouraging undergraduate college students to engage meaningfully in classroom discussion and to respond to questions, especially in larger classes, can often be frustrating for instructors (Weaver & Qi, 2005). Set against a focused review of the literature, the…
Descriptors: College Environment, Classroom Communication, Student Motivation, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Lo, C. C.; Prohaska, A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
In 2003 a Southeastern research university undertook the redesign of an introductory sociology course in order to improve student success by adding active and collaborative learning activities that gave students greater responsibility for learning. The new "hybrid" course provides most course materials online, requires electronic…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Introductory Courses, Sociology
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